I am trying to find a way to organize picture metadata in my Android phone. By default, it adds location and time data, so that the photos are easily searchable on the phone. I can also tag people and the software recognizes faces and suggests people name.

Unfortunately, it seems that both people name and location data are not available when I donwload the photos on my computer. The metadata should be written in the photos in EXIF, IPTC and/or XMP format, so that other tools on my computer will recognize them.

Also, I can only tag people when the software recognizes that there is a face, and many photos of people are not correctly recognize as such.

Is there some way I can tag and organize pictures, storing the metadata correctly in the photos themselves?

  • I read in the FAQ. "Basically, what problem (with your Android device) are you trying to solve?" Well, I am trying to solve the problem of tagging photos and exporting metadata. I am not asking for a recommendation in the sense that there are many options available and I am looking for the best one. I am asking how to perform a specific task, possibly with the use of existing apps – Andrea Dec 9 '15 at 14:25
  • I have removed the explicit request for an application. Really, it is not about recommendations. It is about a specific task to be completed on Android. If that requires installing some third party application, so be it – Andrea Dec 9 '15 at 14:56
  • OK, that's a possibility (I've removed my close-vote ;) Still, SR might be the better place asking for an app. I'm not aware of any built-in feature that could be used here – but there are some apps dealing with EXIF tags, though I'm not sure how far they cover your needs. // For now: Shall we delete above comments for a cleanup? – Izzy Dec 9 '15 at 14:58

Is there some application that can help me tag and organize pictures, storing the metadata correctly in the photos themselves?

I do not know any android app that can do this.

But maybe you can help implementing this feature

Unfortunately the android internal media database/media scanner does not support "tags" for photos so an android app has to implement the tag scanning/management on its own.

I also donot know a ready to use android java library that can write jpg iptc-tag infos.

currently i am thinking about adding tag-support to https://github.com/k3b/AndroFotoFinder/ using a pc generated csv file to transfer tags

For details see https://github.com/k3b/AndroFotoFinder/issues/25

[Update 2016-11-09]

Implementation is under way using a seperate xmp - sidecar file for every jpg to store the iptc-tags.

There is much work ahead for this hobby project.

On the pc side you have to use an exiftools based batchfile to transfer between non-android-standard-jpg-fields and xmp-sidecarfile/csv

[Update 2016-11-09]

Implementation is done :-) with tag write support in jpg-exif or external xmp file

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.